Just this month, the Oregon Department of Human Services began a
While the change makes it possible for people with SNAP statewide to order groceries online, Walmart doesn't yet have delivery service at any of its stores in central and eastern Oregon, according to Wal-Mart's "Find a Store Near You" function. Walmart has a grocery pickup option available for the Redmond location, according to the store's site, but not Bend.
Amazon's food delivery service, Amazon Fresh, was not available in Bend when we checked for delivery options on Thursday. The online purchasing pilot works at those two retailers just for delivery or pickup, DHS told the Source.
“Convenience, quality and fresh groceries should not be determined by how someone pays," stated Dan Haun, Self-Sufficiency Programs director at the Oregon Department of Human Services in a release Thursday. "The expansion will increase food access for those who experience challenges visiting brick-and-mortar stores.”
“We appreciate the accommodations that many retailers have made to support individuals at high risk of serious health consequences from COVID-19,” stated Mike McCormick, interim director of the DHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities in Thursday's release. “Anything we can do to help Oregonians access necessities and limit their potential exposure to illness, is absolutely crucial at this time.”
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